Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) report
2016 QAHS MUNA Delegates
On Saturday 19 March, six QAHS students woke up at the crack of dawn to make our way down to Tweed Heads for the Rotary’s Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). P plates were put up, aux cord privileges were assigned, GPS was set up and with that we zoomed down the Pacific Highway holding back yawns.
Once we had arrived, we registered before finding our assigned tables equipped with our country’s flag. As soon as we walked into the hall, we were impressed by the amount of effort that people had put into their costumes in hope of representing their country in the best way possible. It was also humbling to see our generation adopting new cultures, with girls wearing headscarves representing middle eastern countries, as well as traditional dresses amongst German and Swiss representatives. Competition was also high amongst table displays including freshly made sushi, framed photos of leaders (Vladimir Putin being a stand out) and Lindt chocolate. Given the nature of the IB, we were too focused on our exam block and prioritised our school work, so we weren’t able to partake in the dressing up but thoroughly enjoyed revelling in that of the others nonetheless.
Once the flag ceremony had finished and we had all enjoyed a delectable scone (or two) as part of morning tea, the serious side of things proceeded. From that point onwards we spent our day debating resolutions as well as making amendments as the respective countries we were representing deemed fit. It was really empowering to find ourselves surrounded by a group of young people that spoke with so much passion and confidence. It really showed the benefits of working collaboratively and definitely reassured the rotary seniors that they have every reason to bestow faith in our generation and our future innovations.
MUNA was an incredible opportunity to extend our public speaking skills and learn about the issues that are prevalent in our society. While fulfilling CAS requirements and participating in an event that corresponds to all of its outcomes, we were able to display the true essence of being a global citizen and becoming aware of the world we live in. Having almost 30 countries represented on the day, we gained new perspectives on topics including international migration, terrorism, climate change and violence against women and girls.
By the end of the day, we saw two students being selected to represent our rotary district in the national finals in Canberra. Even though none of us were selected, it is safe to say that we gained so much from our day and have as a result of active participation gained an invaluable experience that we will no doubt harness and use in our everyday lives when applying ourselves on the global stage. MUNA also served as a learning curve for the Evatt Competition regarding diplomacy and international relations coming up early in Term 2 in which we hope to go a little further!